May 11, 2015 |
CHAMPAGNE, France - Tiny bubbles rise and burst as Nathalie Domi pours out glasses of her finest champagne. My wife and I sip and nod approval. It is superb. Flavorful, crisp, and sparkling. We are visiting Champagne Domi Moreau, Nathalie's family company, one of the smallest and most traditional producers in the Champagne region of northeastern France. Many tourists just spend a day in Champagne's main cities, Reims or Epernay. They go to famous champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot and enjoy a tasting.
November 9, 2014 |
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - For the last few years, ski resorts in cowboy country - and the skiers who love them - have been riding a bucking bronc. Huge dumps of snow blanketed slopes in the up years; in down years, late snow and warmer days cast a pall over the industry. At Steamboat Resort, in western Colorado, hard-core skiers were over the moon in 2008 when monster storms dropped 433 inches of snow on the slopes. But disbelief followed when the next winter brought fewer, weaker storms and half as much snow.
January 1, 2014 |
The decorators at the Union League were hanging gold drapes Monday afternoon. The cooks downstairs were poaching 150 lobsters. Up the street, the staff at the Ritz-Carlton 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge were polishing champagne flutes and laying in bottles of the bubbly by the hundred. And by Tuesday morning, another dining room on South Broad Street will fill with the aroma of turkey sausage and buttermilk biscuits, made from scratch, and offer New Year's Eve breakfast to a few hundred guests on a budget.
September 30, 2013 |
From romance beneath the waves to your own private island paradise, there are many honeymoon packages available to start your new life together. Here is a sampling from around the globe. Krabi, Thailand Roll your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable adventure at Phulay Bay, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Krabi, Thailand. With the three-night "Underwater Romance" package, you can trade your wedding dress for a wetsuit and exchange vows below the teal-blue waters of the Andaman Sea. After all, there aren't many places in the world where you can say "I scuba do" - with an underwater bouquet and a celebratory release of clownfish.
January 27, 2013 |
Stories about Winston Churchill's fondness for food and drink are legendary, but easily misunderstood, according to a new book by Cita Stelzer called Dinner with Churchill: Policy-Making at the Dinner Table . There was the time in 1931, when he was being treated at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City after being hit by a car. He asked his doctor for the following Prohibition-era "prescription": "This is to certify that the post-accident convalescence...
December 21, 2012
Buzz: Hey Marnie, what's the deal with all the fake wine out there? Marnie: I have no clue, Buzz. I've never heard of such a thing. Buzz: Well, they had stacks of the stuff at the store yesterday. When I asked a clerk where they kept the champagne, he showed me a shelf of hoity-toity French stuff for $40 a bottle. I said that was too pricey for me, and was going to grab a cheaper one, but he said it wasn't "real" champagne. You'd think the labels would say "artificial wine," but I couldn't even find a list of ingredients.
September 21, 2011 |
Milton Garonzik, 96, of Center City, a retired business owner, died Monday, Sept. 12, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. In the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Garonzik owned and operated United Army Navy Surplus on South Street. In 1970, he opened Northeast Army Navy Surplus in a shopping center in the Northeast. His wife, Bernice Kohn Garonzik, joined him in the new venture. With her added business acumen, including her realization that young people enjoyed wearing old Army jackets, the business flourished, their daughter, Sara Garonzik, said.
May 12, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Norma Zimmer, the "Champagne Lady" of TV's "The Lawrence Welk Show" and a studio singer who worked with Frank Sinatra and other pop stars, has died. She was 87. Zimmer died peacefully Tuesday at her Brea, Calif., home, Welk's son, Larry, said yesterday. Larry Welk didn't know the cause of death but said that Zimmer had been living an active life in recent years. "She was one of the most gracious, likable people that anyone could ever meet," he said. "The other people on the show, to this day, just respect and love her. " Zimmer performed on Welk's network show and later his syndicated show from 1960 to 1982 as the "Champagne Lady," the title Welk traditionally gave to his orchestra's lead female singer.
April 25, 2011
BUFFALO - Moments after Sabres coach Lindy Ruff called for Mike Richards to be suspended for Game 7 tomorrow night, I found Flyers chairman Ed Snider sitting alone in the team's dressing room, orange socks matching his orange tie, reading from a scoresheet. "Oh," Snider said, with a wry smirk, "is he whining again?" Well, Ruff wasn't exactly singing Shuffle Off to - or in this case from - Buffalo after yesterday's 5-4 overtime loss forced a Game 7. The smirk Ruff wore after Richards complained about his team "getting away with murder" following the chippiness of Game 4 was now a somber monotone as he reeled off a list of the wounded on his team, from scorer Jason Pominville to defenseman Andrej Sekera to, now, Tim Connolly, who was rammed into the boards headfirst from behind by Richards with a little over 6 minutes left in the second period.
February 21, 2011
BRYANT McKINNIE, the Minnesota Vikings' Pro Bowl offensive lineman, has been putting emphasis on "offensive" lately. The Woodbury, N.J., native was chosen for last year's Pro Bowl in Miami but failed to show up for the last two practices and was kicked off the NFC squad. This weekend, news comes out of Hollywood, by way of TMZ.com, that McKinnie was attending a celebrity party around LA with the NBA All-Star Game in town and dropped $100,000 on a bar bill. Unlike Pacman Jones in 2007 at NBA All-Star weekend in Las Vegas, three people weren't shot and McKinnie didn't make it rain.